Portugal's former colony, Brazil has a booming, growing economy. By comparison, Portugal's economy is moribund. As the highly educated younger generations struggle to find work, many are leaving and heading to Brazil. In Brazil, the need to prepare for upcoming international events and the growing economy provide many opportunities.
A report released Friday showed unemployment is Spain has reached 24.4 percent. Over 5.5 million Spaniards are jobless. As the recession deepens, more Spaniards have turned to scavenging for food to supplement their budgets.
Tuesday was May Day, an international holiday to celebrate of workers. This year, the occupy movement aimed to use the holiday to re-engage Americans in a dialogue about the 99 percent. Protests were held or planned in some 125 cities across the country.
Most casino workers in Las Vegas are members of a union -- and by-and-large they speak highly of their union and the benefits it has afforded them. But a smaller group of employees aren't members of a union, and they want what their unionized brethren have. So they're trying to get organized, but the casino owners are pushing back.
The much-anticipated jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department, out Friday, showed decreasing unemployment levels, but fewer new jobs created in March. It's just another sign that the current recovery is moving forward at a snail's pace.
Car sales are increasing, perhaps because of the gradually improving economy. Also helping push things in the right direction, at least for automakers, subprime buyers are now more able to purchase cars because banks are writing loans for them now. The auto industry is also turning a profit and is struggling to fill all the jobs it has.
Look around prime time television line-ups and you'll find several examples of the economic hard times that Americans are facing. And though times are starting to look better, with the economy trending upward, more Great Recession-themed shows are popping up on TV schedules.
New economic reports out Thursday morning had good news about the American economy — but not good enough to really push down the nation's unemployment rate. Experts say we'll need much stronger growth, stronger than they're forecasting for the year, to see large and sustained declines in unemployment.
In recent days, media attention has been focused on companies that are asking prospective employees to provide login information for Facebook and Twitter accounts. Now a U.S. senator is promising action if it's not determined to be illegal.
In a tight market, job seekers are willing to jump through hoops to obtain employment. Recently, reports of employers asking candidates for their social media log-in information have raised questions about access, privacy, and the transparency of the internet age.